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Driver charged in Humboldt Broncos bus crash

The driver, whose truck was involved in the collision with the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, has been charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death for every person who died and one count of dangerous driving causing injury for every person who survived but was injured.

Conditional Discharge for Teen in assault & weapon case - Lisa Burgis Der

A 17 year old teen, who after drinking magic mushroom tea and began acting strange, walked in his sock feet from a house party to a local Safeway in Lethbridge. Inside the grocery store he assaulted a woman and then went behind the deli counter and grabbed a 10″ butcher knife. He then walked out into the street into a residential area. 

A Case in Mistaken Identity

Jillian Williamson, Associate of Der Burgis, blogs about mistaken identity. Ms. Williamson was successful in defending her client on the issue of mistaken identity against charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon. (Names have been changed to protect the identities of those involved.) 

Jury misunderstood Reasonable Doubt

A jury convicted our client, Assmar Shlah, of second-degree murder recently. The evidence tendered by the Crown was weak at best after a seven-week trial. Our criminal law requires that guilt be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. We recognize that most people don't understand how to interpret the term "reasonable doubt". 

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